&And Hostel Ueno is a small contemporary hostel with private rooms and dormitory beds which is located conveniently close to JR Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Inaricho Station. This hostel has hospitable English speaking staff, a shared kitchen and lounge, shared showering facilities, a self-service laundry, and a bicycle rental service.
The “Smart Hostel” Concept
&And Hostel bills itself as Japan’s first “smart hostel” where guests can enjoy a near future digital life experience. Basically this means the hostel has a number of cutting-edge high tech devices which guests are free to use during their stay. These devices can be used in conjunction with a smartphone for checking in and out, controlling air conditioning and LED lighting, accessing sightseeing information, and to automatically open your room’s curtains when you want to wake up. &And Hostel also has branches in Asakusa, Akihabara, and Kanda where you can enjoy the same experience.
Guest Rooms & Dormitories
&And Hostel Ueno has both dormitory beds and private rooms with single or double beds. There are 4-bed and 6-bed mixed dormitories and one 6-bed female dormitory, all of which have bunk beds. Each dormitory bed is provided with a privacy curtain, a power outlet, and a reading lamp. Dormitory guests are also provided with lockers for their valuables.
Private rooms all have their own power outlets and refrigerators, and are supplied with toothbrushes and slippers. Double rooms also have a writing desk.
Toilets and showering facilities are shared. Showers are located on the 1st and 3rd floors. Hair dryers, body soap, conditioner, and shampoo are provided, but towels cost extra to rent. Air conditioning, heating, and free Wi-Fi internet access are provided in all the rooms and dormitories.
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This hostel has a shared kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, toaster, electric kettle, sink, cooking utensils, kitchenware and free coffee and tea making amenities. There is also a soft drinks vending machine directly outside the entrance to the hostel.
There is a 24-hour Maruetsu Supermarket a 2 minute walk from the hostel where guests can buy their daily groceries. For snacks and drinks, guests can shop at the FamilyMart convenience store which is 3 minutes away. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood.
Other Services & Facilities
The reception desk is open between 8.00 and 23.00. Reception staff speak English and are friendly and helpful. Check-in time is from 16.00 and check-out time is by 11.00. Luggage can be stored at reception for a fee of 200 yen per item per day.
There is a communal lounge area with a TV on the 1st floor adjoining the shared kitchen. The lounge is open between 8.00 and 24.00.
There is a self-service laundry on the 1st floor with coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
A limited number of bicycles are available to rent.
This property has five floors, but does not have an elevator. However, staff may help you if your luggage is very heavy.
To keep the building clean, guests wear slippers inside the property and are required to take off their shoes in the entryway.
&And Hostel is located on the east side of JR Ueno Station. It is a 9 minute walk from the Iriya Exit of JR Ueno Station and a 4 minute walk from Inaricho Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Here is a map
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.